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INSS Improved New Skyrim Shadows for Low-Range PC by defosh369
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Added: 29/06/2012 - 09:04PM
Updated: 02/11/2013 - 11:42PM

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Last updated at 23:42, 2 Nov 2013 Uploaded at 21:04, 29 Jun 2012

Hey everyone!

After finishing my work with Skyrim High and Ultra shadows, I've decided to tweak Low and Medium shadows and make them more acceptable. I took a different approach for tweaking Low and Medium game shadows, since, let's be honest, you can't squezze good shadow quality out of them. Instead, after many hours of tweaking, I deliever you tweaks that are focused on functionality and performance, rather then quality.
Major changes and things you may like to know:
a) Those very ugly on-character shadows will no longer be visible, those will be disabled,
b) I've increased shadow draw distance in Low resolution settings,
c) I've kept shadow draw distance in Medium resolution settings,
d) I've increased the shadow blurring to make shadow better and more natural looking,
e) With theese setting, Skyrim shadow "aura" effect you may encounter in High or Ultra settings, isn't that noticable,
f) With such a high shadow bias scale, you won't notice any shadow "pop up".
g) To disable on character shadows, I've increased shadow bias scale, this means that during sunrise or sundows, shadows will slightly detach from your character.

Also, I'd like to point out that I'm not capable of benchmarking those setting properly, if you have any problems with performance, or want to benchmark those setting, please leave a feedback, it would be very much appreciated.
Second thing, is that the downloadable files aren't necessary, all the information will be posted in this description. This files was made from users request to be able to endorse my tweaks.

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LINKS:

Here's a link to a video presentation of Low resolution shadows:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2E570baSpU

Here's a link to a video presentation of Medium resolution shadows:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXi_nJkyxLA

Here's a link to my High settings tweak: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=283

Here's a link to my Ultra settings tweak: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=7638

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TWEAKS:

As usual, change this values in your SkyrimPrefs.ini file (it can be found in C:\Users\*USERNAME*\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\ directory):

Those tweaks will make extorior shadows more acceptable, but interior shadows will still stay quite blocky and low detailed. Especially on Low shadow resolution. If you want to disable interior shadows, withouth disabling interior lighting, then please visit TRoaches great mod called
"Colorful Lights - No Shadows - More FPS"
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/10789

LOW SHADOW RESOLUTION\\NO ON-CHARACTER SHADOWS:
iBlurDeferredShadowMask=5
fInteriorShadowDistance=2000.0000
fShadowDistance=3000.0000
iShadowMapResolutionSecondary=512
iShadowMapResolutionPrimary=512
iShadowSplitCount=0
fShadowLODStartFade=1000.0000
iShadowMode=3
iShadowMapResolution=512
fShadowBiasScale=1.6500
iShadowMaskQuarter=4
iShadowFilter=0

MEDIUM SHADOW RESOLUTION\\NO ON-CHARACTER SHADOWS:
iBlurDeferredShadowMask=5
fInteriorShadowDistance=2000.0000
fShadowDistance=3000.0000
iShadowMapResolutionSecondary=1024
iShadowMapResolutionPrimary=1024
iShadowSplitCount=2
fShadowLODStartFade=200.0000
iShadowMode=3
iShadowMapResolution=1024
fShadowBiasScale=1.6500
iShadowMaskQuarter=4
iShadowFilter=4

If you didn't notice any changes after adding my tweak, try setting your .ini file to read-only after adding my tweak and see if it works.
If you don't have iShadowMapResolutionSecondary and iShadowMapResolutionPrimary in your SkyrimPrefs.ini, you can skip those.

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ADDITIONAL BUGFIXES FOR SHADOWS:

If you wat to fix flickering shadows:
Shadow flickering is caused by updating sun shadows. When those shadows update, they move around causing visible flickering. This fix is making this update almost instant and takes care of any visible shadow flickering. Shadows from flowers, trees and characters will still have normal and dynamic shadows. If you want to set it to your own liking, remember that fSunUpdateThreshold is responsible for frequency of updates (higher values like 2.0 equals less frequent shadow movement, lower values like 1.0, 0.5, 0.2 or 0.0 equals more frequent shadow movement). Best stick with 1.0 or 2.0. fSunShadowUpdateTime on the other hand, is responsible for shadow movement speed, setting this value to 0 makes change instant, but if you want to shadows move when update, You can use settings like 0.15 or 0.25. Shadow update movement speed will be faster that in vanilla setting, minimizing any visible flickering. To fix this issue, edit your Skyrim.ini file (it can be found in C:\Users\*USERNAME*\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\ directory) and add this two lines at the bottom of:
[DISPLAY]
fSunShadowUpdateTime=0.10
fSunUpdateThreshold=2.0

If you want to disable shadows on grass:
If you want to disable this feature, then edit your SkyrimPrefs.ini file and set the following:
bShadowsOnGrass=0

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ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE FOR SHADOWS:

Low or Medium resolution, preformance gain: about 1FPS. Lowers shadow filtering at distance, making them more "fuzzy":
iShadowMaskQuarter=3 or 2 (best not to go below 2).

Low or Medium resolution, preformance gain; about 2FPS. Lowers shadow blurring, and thus lowers overall shadow quality:
iBlurDeferredShadowMask=3 or 1 (setting this to 0 disables any shadow blurring).

Medium resolution, performance gain: about 2FPS. Lowers overall shadow filtering quality:
iShadowFilter=0

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VERSION CHANGES:

Version 1.0 (06-29-2012) changes:
Release of my tweaks with set of helpful images and videos.

Version 1.0 (06-29-2012) additional changes:
Added a link to TRoaches mod called "Colorful Lights - No Shadows - More FPS". Corrected most of the language mistakes in the tweak description. Changed some small things here and there, no changes to the main tweaks where made.

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FROM ME:

If you have any questions or suggestions about my tweaks and Skyrim shadows in general, feel free to send me a message or leave a comment. Also, please tell me if you have any problems or if you like it or hate it :D. You can also share and use for you own tweaking as a good starting point.

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CREDITS:

Author:
defosh369 (http://www.skyrimnexus.com/modules/members/index.php?id=3108981)